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Cancer and Massage Therapy: What Does the Research Say?
3.0 CE hours

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Research and interest in massage therapy is growing, and there is special attention to the role of massage in cancer care.

To promote the benefits of massage, it is helpful to be up-to-date on the work in the field. In this lively course, we'll take a look at the best evidence supporting massage therapy for people with cancer.

In a clear, easy-to-understand format we will review and evaluate current research. Healing stories of individual clients strengthen our case for massaging this special population.

A handout includes published research and a complete list of references.

Massage and Cancer: Recognizing the Real Issues
3.0 CE hours

For years the fear that massage could spread cancer prevented therapists from working with clients with cancer and cancer histories. Using sound medical logic and current literature we'll dispel the myth of massage and metastasis, and turn our attention to the real issues: cautions and clinical thinking for bodyworkers to use with their clients.

We will introduce a few massage contraindications for common side effects of cancer treatment, and list references and resources for therapists looking for further information.

Massage during Chemotherapy
3.0 to 4.0 CE hours

Chemotherapy, one of the strongest agents used in medicine, has profound effects on the human body. Some of these require adjustments in massage pressure, joint movement, positions, intent, scheduling, and other massage elements.

In this session we will describe a typical chemotherapy cycle, common effects of chemotherapy on a range of systems, and specific indications and contraindications for massage therapists.

Massage Elements for Medically Complex Clients
2.0 to 4.0 CE hours

In this seminar we look at the ways we describe massage therapy contraindications and indications for various medical conditions. Moving beyond simple phrases such as "massage is contraindicated" or "massage is indicated," we put a finer point on bodywork contraindications.

Using precise vocabulary, we examine the different elements of massage, such as hand contact, joint movement, pressure, speed, rhythm, and lubricant that may require adjustment in medically complex cases. In particular, we explore elements of pressure and hand contact and their importance in our work.

A useful "pressure index" is introduced for use in charting, consulting with other health providers, refining contraindications and providing continuity of care for clients seeing multiple therapy providers.


Course ApprovalsTracy Walton & Associates is a NCBTMB Approved Provider

Tracy Walton & Associates is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as an approved provider, #283404-00.

Tracy Walton & Associates is approved by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, provider # 50-13512.